About This Project

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am originally from Bulgaria but grew up all over the Middle East, primarily Beirut, Lebanon. I moved to Baltimore for college and it has been now  the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. I am Art Director for Catholic Relief Services, a humanitarian world relief agency. I also bartend at Porters part time.

What has changed since starting CrossFit?

First and foremost I have made amazing new friends. I look a ton better, I have lost weight but honestly I coudn’t tell you how much since I have not weighed myself since the day I started. I stopped counting calories and just overall eat better. This kind of fitness lifestyle I like!

What do you enjoy about CrossFit Federal Hill?

Someone very special to me introduced me to crossfit last summer and told me it had changed his life. When I heard CFH was opening around the corner I had to try it. I was sold after the first day despite how unbelievably sore I was. But it took a while to fully appreciate all the benefits. The sense of accomplishment, the feeling when you overcome a challenge and mostly the mental strength gained. A support system like no other type of gym and new friendships. There is a huge motivational lift when there are other people training with you, you feel part of a team and the sense of community that develops has a great added bonus. I absolutely love the competition aspect (with myself and others). For the first time in my life, exercise is becoming a habit for me. Also watching others reach their goals or get a PR is just as rewarding.

How has CrossFit effected your life outside the gym? Ex. does it apply to your job, leave you feeling relaxed and centered after, or an outlet for stress….

Its amazing how much of this type of training builds you on the inside as much as on the outside. Its so great to come in for an hour and burn off and sweat out any negativity of my day and be left with nothing but positive results. I have gotten better at setting goals and believing that with hard work and consistency, there will be progress. I completed a Tough Mudder, which I wouldnt have even dreamt of doing before crossfit.

SONY DSCFavorite movement?

Deadlifts and push presses, mainly because they are my best movement. I will confess, deep down I have a sick love for burpees.

Least favorite movement?
OHS and pull ups since I am horrendous at both, its frustrating but I make a point to show to most the WODs that involve them in the hope for improvement. I dread running with a passion… so I’m doing the Baltimore Marathon.

Any advice for people who are just getting started at CFH?
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Don’t be intimidated, you are your only true competition. Anyone at any fitness ability can do it and get better and be stronger than they were. If you dont know the movements, you will learn them. Everyone was a beginner at some point. The key is the excellent coaching and support from Geo, Brian, Allie and Matt! Its meant to be a challenge and a push out of your comfort zone.  It makes me feel better and I look forward to it.

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